History Music / TheWho

27th Mar '17 7:58:49 AM YellowLab
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* TheNapoleon: Roger Daltrey is the shortest member of the group, and reports of his height vary between 5'5 (165 cm) and 5'7 (170 cm), which is quite short for British standards. In the band's early days, he was known for being a self-proclaimed fighter and for having a very dominant role within the band, often getting into fist fights with the others to solve disputes. He calmed down a lot between the release of "The Who Sell Out" and "Tommy", though. But he remained a tough, assertive person and you still had to be careful what you said around him.

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* TheNapoleon: Roger Daltrey is the shortest member of the group, and reports of his height vary between 5'5 (165 cm) and 5'7 (170 cm), which is quite short for British standards. In the band's early days, he was known for being a self-proclaimed fighter and for having a very dominant role within the band, often getting into fist fights with the others to solve disputes. He calmed down a lot between the release of "The Who Sell Out" and "Tommy", though. But but he remained a tough, assertive person and you still had to be careful with what you said around him.



* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Zig-zagged with John Entwistle. He is widely admired by fans, critics and bandmates alike for his bass playing skills, but he was also often completely ignored by the camera's during live shows and was rarely asked questions during interviews.

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* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Zig-zagged with John Entwistle. He is widely admired by fans, critics and bandmates alike for his bass playing skills, but skills. Plenty of people even consider him one of the best bass players of all time. But he was also often completely ignored by the camera's during live shows and was rarely asked questions during interviews.


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** Pete's voice has also changed in a similar fashion. It used to be really high and light, but it has become a lot lower and rougher over the years.
25th Mar '17 8:34:15 PM NWolfman
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*** Pete alluded to this on the band's 2006 album ''Endless Wire'' with the song "Mike Post Theme," which doubles as a ShoutOut to the legendary composer for crime-based TV shows.
19th Feb '17 11:49:19 PM bt8257
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After a quick break, The Who recorded another ConceptAlbum / RockOpera, this time about a mentally ill teenager named Jimmy and his conflicts with his family and friends during the height of the mods-rockers conflict in the 1960's. Named ''Music/{{Quadrophenia}}'', it was released in 1973 to critical acclaim, and spawned another hit with the ballad "Love, Reign O'er Me". During the supporting tour, which proved less impressive than the ''Tommy'' tour due to an increased reliance on then-primitive synthesizers and backing tapes, a famous incident occurred on 20 November 1973 in San Francisco, when Keith Moon passed out twice during the performance due to tranquilizers (the put to sleep large animals kind of tranquilizers), the first time returning after a half-hour delay, and the second time he was carried off. After playing "See Me, Feel Me" with Daltrey on tambourine, Townshend asked "Can anybody play the drums? I mean someone good!" An audience member, Scot Halpin, filled in for the three-song encore and did a pretty good job. When interviewed by ''Rolling Stone'', he noted: "I only played three numbers and I was dead".

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After a quick break, The Who recorded another ConceptAlbum / RockOpera, ConceptAlbum[=/=]RockOpera, this time about a mentally ill teenager named Jimmy and his conflicts with his family and friends during the height of the mods-rockers conflict in the 1960's. Named ''Music/{{Quadrophenia}}'', it was released in 1973 to critical acclaim, and spawned another hit with the ballad "Love, Reign O'er Me". During the supporting tour, which proved less impressive than the ''Tommy'' tour due to an increased reliance on then-primitive synthesizers and backing tapes, a famous incident occurred on 20 November 1973 in San Francisco, when Keith Moon passed out twice during the performance due to tranquilizers (the put to sleep large animals kind of tranquilizers), the first time returning after a half-hour delay, and the second time he was carried off. After playing "See Me, Feel Me" with Daltrey on tambourine, Townshend asked "Can anybody play the drums? I mean someone good!" An audience member, Scot Halpin, filled in for the three-song encore and did a pretty good job. When interviewed by ''Rolling Stone'', he noted: "I only played three numbers and I was dead".
25th Jan '17 7:16:37 AM Gosicrystal
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* LostForever: Several of the songs the group recorded for ''Lifehouse'', such as "Mary", were lost due to the master tapes being inadequately preserved, and decayed to uselessness by the time the group sought to remaster them in the '90s. Some, like "Put the Money Down" and "Time is Passing", were partially restored with new vocals and overdubs added to what could be retrieved from the originals.
** The group's cover of "Under My Thumb", as reissued in the CD era, is missing the lead guitar part, which similarly was lost due to a damaged master tape.
24th Jan '17 3:07:45 PM jedidarrick
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4th Jan '17 12:03:31 AM bt8257
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* CloudCuckoolandersMinder: Pete Townshend saw John Entwistle as this to Keith; they even used to share an apartment. [[NotSoAboveItAll The trouble was that sometimes Keith's crazy antics were just too much fun for John not to join in on...]]

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* CloudCuckoolandersMinder: CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Pete Townshend saw John Entwistle as this to Keith; they even used to share an apartment. [[NotSoAboveItAll The trouble was that sometimes Keith's crazy antics were just too much fun for John not to join in on...]]
3rd Jan '17 11:59:54 PM bt8257
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A famous, groundbreaking British rock band from Shepherd's Bush, London, known both for their many influential songs and for their pioneering of the art of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instrument_destruction instrument destruction]]. They are so influential that when people talk of the great rock bands of TheBritishInvasion, it's often Music/TheBeatles, Music/TheRollingStones, The Who, Music/TheKinks in the same breath. But of the four, only The Who actually spawned a whole musical [[PunkRock genre]]. Don't take our word for it: [[Music/SexPistols Johnny Rotten]], [[Music/TheRamones Johnny Ramone]], and [[Music/TheClash Joe Strummer]] (to name only three) are on record as saying something like, "If not for The Who..."

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A famous, groundbreaking British rock band from Shepherd's Bush, London, known both for their many influential songs and for their pioneering of the art of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instrument_destruction instrument destruction]]. They are so influential that when people talk of the great rock bands of TheBritishInvasion, it's often Music/TheBeatles, Music/TheRollingStones, The Who, and Music/TheKinks in the same breath. But of the four, only The Who actually spawned a whole musical [[PunkRock genre]]. Don't take our word for it: [[Music/SexPistols Johnny Rotten]], [[Music/TheRamones Johnny Ramone]], and [[Music/TheClash Joe Strummer]] (to name only three) are on record as saying something like, "If not for The Who..."
3rd Jan '17 11:59:36 PM bt8257
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A famous, groundbreaking British rock band from Shepherd's Bush, London, known both for their many influential songs and for their pioneering of the art of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instrument_destruction instrument destruction]]. They are so influential that when people talk of the great rock bands of TheBritishInvasion, it's often Music/TheBeatles, Music/TheKinks, Music/TheRollingStones and The Who in the same breath. But of the four, only The Who actually spawned a whole musical [[PunkRock genre]]. Don't take our word for it: [[Music/SexPistols Johnny Rotten]], [[Music/TheRamones Johnny Ramone]], and [[Music/TheClash Joe Strummer]] (to name only three) are on record as saying something like, "If not for The Who..."

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A famous, groundbreaking British rock band from Shepherd's Bush, London, known both for their many influential songs and for their pioneering of the art of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instrument_destruction instrument destruction]]. They are so influential that when people talk of the great rock bands of TheBritishInvasion, it's often Music/TheBeatles, Music/TheKinks, Music/TheRollingStones and Music/TheRollingStones, The Who Who, Music/TheKinks in the same breath. But of the four, only The Who actually spawned a whole musical [[PunkRock genre]]. Don't take our word for it: [[Music/SexPistols Johnny Rotten]], [[Music/TheRamones Johnny Ramone]], and [[Music/TheClash Joe Strummer]] (to name only three) are on record as saying something like, "If not for The Who..."
20th Dec '16 12:20:52 PM DavidDelony
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* NotSoAboveItAll: John Entwistle, the taciturn bassist known as the only member of the band who ''didn't'' destroy his instrument onstage, would hand Keith Moon the matches when he was blowing up toilets with cherry bombs and dynamite while the two shared hotel rooms during the band's early tours.
7th Dec '16 12:11:22 AM NWolfman
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* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Keith Moon was the TropeCodifier. Besides his highly energetic drumming, he was legendary for wrecking hotel rooms -- including part of a Holiday Inn in Michigan on his 21st birthday while The Who was touring the US. Popular legend claims that the chain banned the Who from all its hotels afterwards, though Moon's biographer claims this was an exaggeration.

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* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Keith Moon was both the TropeCodifier.TropeCodifier and the inspiration behind the eponymous [[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppet]]. Besides his highly energetic drumming, he was legendary for wrecking hotel rooms -- including part of a Holiday Inn in Michigan on his 21st birthday while The Who was touring the US. Popular legend claims that the chain banned the Who from all its hotels afterwards, though Moon's biographer claims this was an exaggeration.
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